By Julie Sherwood
Justin Rifenberg, a 2013 graduate of Palmyra-Macedon High School, died Saturday night from injuries sustained in a three-car crash on Route 21 and Johnson Road about 10:30 p.m.
Rifenberg, 17, of 22 Olympus Road, Macedon, was going east in his 2002 Honda Accord when he failed to stop at at stop sign at Johnson Road in Manchester, according to Ontario County Sheriff’s deputies. John C. Javowsky, 19, of 1430 Hammond Road, Palmyra, was driving south on Route 21 in his Audi A6 when he struck Mr. Rifenberg’s vehicle. Mr. Rifenberg’s car then spun in to the northbound lane, striking a chevy van driven by Jeffrey J. Myers, 61, of 1843 Route 21, Shortsville.
Deputies said Mr. Rifenberg was trapped inside the vehicle for a short time and was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital by Mercy Flight after he was extricated from the car. Mr. Rifenberg died at Strong, deputies said.
Fire departments from Manchester, Shortsville and Finger Lakes Ambulance responded to the scene. The road was closed for several hours while deputies reconstructed the accident. An investigation continues. There is no indication any other people involved in the crash were injured.
Andrew Wahl, principal of Palmyra-Macedon HIgh School, released a statement following the Mr. Rifenberg's death, saying: “We are saddened by the loss of Justin Rifenberg, a 2013 graduate of Palmyra-Macedon High School. Justin was a member of the National Honor Society, participated on the wrestling team, and earned a NYS Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation this June from Pal-Mac. We wish to express our condolences to Justin’s family during this difficult time. Counselors at Palmyra–Macedon High School will be available throughout the day and upcoming week to care for those who may need assistance.”